“Some of these things aren’t up for negotiation. Companies either have a wellness plan or they don’t,” Woods says. Here’s how to find the ones that do:
- Research company website and job site postings. Study the language. See how their values are expressed.
- Connect with employees. Find someone on your preferred job networking site who works for the company and see if they’ll answer a few questions about their experience.
- Be educated. “Some clients operate in a silo in a job search. It’s them versus the world, so to speak,” Woods says. “There are articles about what companies are doing to stay competitive. What is Forbes saying? Educate yourself.”
- Read reviews. Sites such as Glassdoor and Indeed feature employee reviews. “Some people leave meaningful comments, but utilize those sites with caution. Some employees have an ax to grind,” Woods says.
Finally, you may be wondering whether you should simply ask for more money if a company doesn’t have a wellness benefit you want. Woods suggests you might be happier in the long run if you find an employer who offers the benefit.
“I don’t tend to advise clients in the direction of ‘If you can’t get this, get more of that.’ If one company doesn’t offer what you want, another company probably does,” Woods says.
At the end of the day, it’s important to know what you need to feel successful and perform good work. Knowing your bottom line will likely help your company’s bottom line.
In that way, 9 to 5 — this time the movie — might have been 40 years ahead of its time. In the hit 1980 film, the fictional, vanilla-named “Consolidated Companies” saw a 20% increase in productivity when the central characters instituted in-office day care, flexible hours, job sharing and equal pay for women and men.
Sometimes life imitates art. As the Great Reshuffle continues, let’s hope that proves true.
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